Today’s word of the day is 震 (zhèn), a noun that means ‘to shake’. Let’s practice making different words, phrases, and sentences with 震 (zhèn).
震动 (zhèn dòng) To vibrate
The first word is 震动 (zhèn dòng) which means ‘to vibrate’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 震 means to shake and 动 means to move. A way of using it in a sentence is 地震的时候，整个地面都在震动。 (Dì zhèn de shí hòu, zhěng gè dì miàn dōu zài zhèn dòng.) During the earthquake, the entire ground was vibrating.
震惊 (zhèn jīng) To shock
Another word we can create with 震 (zhèn) is 震惊 (zhèn jīng). This means ‘to shock’. A way of using it in a sentence is 这个新闻太震惊了，我不敢相信。 (Zhè ge xīn wén tài zhèn jīng le, wǒ bù gǎn xiāng xìn.) This news is too shocking, I can't believe it.
地震 (dìzhèn) Earthquake
Finally, we can create the word 地震 (dìzhèn) which is a noun that means earthquake. The 地 here means Earth. A way of using it in a sentence is 最近发生了一次强烈的地震，许多房屋都倒塌了。(Zuìjìn fāshēngle yīcì qiángliè de dìzhèn, xǔduō fángwū dōu dǎotāle.) Recently, a strong earthquake occurred and many buildings collapsed.